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‘We are both a bit disruptive’

LAS VEGAS – Colorado head coach Deion Sanders was not scheduled to speak at Big 12 Media Days until Wednesday, but his name came up less than an hour after the event started.

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark spoke to the media during a brief introductory session following his main press conference and was asked about Sanders and his potential impact. He also made an interesting comparison between himself and the second-year Colorado coach.

“I look at it like I guess we’re both a little bit disruptive, but in a positive way,” Yormark said. “And we like to push boundaries in a positive way. We like to provoke a little bit and that’s healthy and I think college athletics needs that.”

Sanders will speak to the media first on Wednesday, the second day of media days at Allegiant Stadium. While the Buffs went just 4-8 last year, Sanders has generated tremendous interest in the program, which has struggled in its final seasons in the Pac-12.

His first year in Colorado was so exciting, despite missing a bowl game, that Sports Illustrated named Sanders Sportsman of the Year last December.

Given that Yorkk wants the Big 12 to live at the “nexus of sports and entertainment,” a statement he’s made many times before, Sanders would seem to be a strong fit for the conference.

But he also tried not to have favorites.

“We have 16 great football coaches,” Yormark said. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Prime very well. I love his energy and his passion for what he does. We’re obviously excited about Colorado coming back to the conference. He’s a football legend. And let’s face it, there’s a great audience that follows him and that will benefit the Big 12 and all of our schools. So we embrace Coach Prime the same way we would embrace all of our coaches and everything they bring to the conference.”

Colorado returns to the Big 12 after spending more than 10 years in the Pac-12. The Buffs were a founding member of the Big 12 in 1996 and, prior to that, were members of the Big Eight Conference.

The Buffs are the first program to leave the Big 12 to return to the league and join Arizona, Arizona State and Utah as former Pac-12 schools that will give the conference 16 members in 2024-25.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.